Greatest Performance in a Us Open Final?

JoelSandwich

Hall of Fame
I thought this would be a good idea to make this thread, in preparation of this years final.
I've listed the winners names of the respective matches first, then the losers.

I was going to make a poll but their was simply too many options to make one. I've definitely left out some other great ones so feel free to add to the ones that I put down below.

Which is the greatest performance in a Us Open Final?
1974: Connors-Rosewall
1978: Connors-Borg
1984: McEnroe-Lendl
1990: Sampras-Agassi
1991: Edberg-Courier
1996: Sampras-Chang
2000: Safin-Sampras
2001: Hewitt-Sampras
2004: Federer-Hewitt
2010: Nadal-Djokovic
2011: Djokovic-Nadal
2013: Nadal-Djokovic
2014: Cilic-Nishikori
 
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Deleted member 716271

Guest
2004 Federer for the whole match

2011 Rafa 3rd set for the best set

Yeah the best set ever was a guy who lost the match in 4, and won the set you're talking about, 7-6, not the 2,2, and 1 losses in other sets in that match or numerous other great sets played thruout US OPEN history. Hilarious.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
How in the world is Fed's performance in the 06 final not up there?

The rest are good choices. I would add the 85, 02, and 03 finals
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Yeah the best set ever was a guy who lost the match in 4, and won the set you're talking about, 7-6, not the 2,2, and 1 losses in other sets in that match or numerous other great sets played thruout US OPEN history. Hilarious.

I suggest you re-watch . That set is the ultimate definition of physicality put to test and Nadal came out on the winning side like only he can.
 

TupeloDanger

Professional
Taking into account the quality of the opponent, combined with the dominance asserted over him, Safin's 2000 run where he relegated Sampras to complete and utter hopelessness is maybe the most impressive on-court demonstration I've ever seen.

It's still a little hard to believe.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
2011: Peak Djokovic vs. Peak Nadal.
Extremely high level indeed and a match I'll never forget. Safin's performance against Sampras in the 2000 final should also get a mention. Pete wasn't exactly at his peak at the time but even a stronger version of him would've had trouble that day. MS just completely took the racquet out of his hand, the like of which I'd never seen before.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
Extremely high level indeed and a match I'll never forget. Safin's performance against Sampras in the 2000 final should also get a mention. Pete wasn't exactly at his peak at the time but even a stronger version of him would've had trouble that day. MS just completely took the racquet out of his hand, the like of which I'd never seen before.


Safin manhandled Pete that day. It was a sight to behold. Out of all the of US Open men's finals performances I've seen, 2000 is definitely at the top echelons of the list.
 

Livedeath

Professional
1991 US Open was Edbergs best GS final ever, it was an exhibition of serve and volley, even Jim acknowledged that Stefan made him powerless that day.

2000 US Open final Safin simply was playing his level best, Pete could not find any answer for his game that day. Breathtaking stuff from Safin.

2011 US Open final was simply epic and my personal best. The scoreline of 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, and 6-1 suggests that 1st and 2nd sets were somewhat easy for the winner, but that was not the case, both players traded heavy artillery for most points. In 3rd set both traded breaks back and forth and it was one of the best sets in the whole competition. I still remember Nole was serving at 3-4 break point down and he hit some 6-7 full blooded winners, and Rafa got all of them back except the last one. After the point even Rafa's dad had to even acknowledge the effort both these put in for that point.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
It's always relative to your opponent.

1974: Connors-Rosewall - no, Rosewall was like 500 years old
1978: Connors-Borg - a great win for Jimbo against peak Borg
1984: McEnroe-Lendl - Lendl was tired after a way tougher SF the day before (1985 was the other way round)
1990: Sampras-Agassi - both were newbies but Sampras just handled his nerves better
1991: Edberg-Courier - considering Courier beat Sampras in straight sets in the QF that was a fantastic display from Edberg
1996: Sampras-Chang - a predictable final, Sampras played well but nothing outstanding
2000: Safin-Sampras - Sampras was past his prime but still a huge shocker
2001: Hewitt-Sampras - Sampras was past his prime and Hewitt was his biggest nightmare
2004: Federer-Hewitt - a double bagel against someone who won like 25 matches in a row, reached the final without losing as et and was at his peak? Insane
2010: Nadal-Djokovic - Djokovic was tired. I actually think Nadal played a lot better in the previous rounds
2011: Djokovic-Nadal - Djokovic played outstanding, Nadal had to play 200% to even win a set
2013: Nadal-Djokovic - Djokovic wasn't there mentally in big chunks
2014: Cilic-Nishikori - Nishikori sucked

All were good performances but these 4 stand out IMO.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
pretty sure Borg was hurt in 78, some hand problem? Add on his USO demons to that and you have another overrated Connors performance :D
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
It's always relative to your opponent.

1974: Connors-Rosewall - no, Rosewall was like 500 years old
1978: Connors-Borg - a great win for Jimbo against peak Borg
1984: McEnroe-Lendl - Lendl was tired after a way tougher SF the day before (1985 was the other way round)
1990: Sampras-Agassi - both were newbies but Sampras just handled his nerves better
1991: Edberg-Courier - considering Courier beat Sampras in straight sets in the QF that was a fantastic display from Edberg
1996: Sampras-Chang - a predictable final, Sampras played well but nothing outstanding
2000: Safin-Sampras - Sampras was past his prime but still a huge shocker
2001: Hewitt-Sampras - Sampras was past his prime and Hewitt was his biggest nightmare
2004: Federer-Hewitt - a double bagel against someone who won like 25 matches in a row, reached the final without losing as et and was at his peak? Insane
2010: Nadal-Djokovic - Djokovic was tired. I actually think Nadal played a lot better in the previous rounds
2011: Djokovic-Nadal - Djokovic played outstanding, Nadal had to play 200% to even win a set
2013: Nadal-Djokovic - Djokovic wasn't there mentally in big chunks
2014: Cilic-Nishikori - Nishikori sucked

All were good performances but these 4 stand out IMO.

A Djokovic compliment? What are my eyes seeing? This needs to printed out and framed.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
A Djokovic compliment? What are my eyes seeing? This needs to printed out and framed.
Yes Djokovic actually had to play well in the first 9 months of 2011 to overcome strong competition in peak Nadal and still prime-ish Federer who played spoiler for the duet. Unlike now with 3 of his 5 matches until the SF of a Slam being retirements or WO's.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
Federer toying with Hewitt in 2004 was gorgeous. :eek:

Nadal saying "F*ck it" after losing one spectacularly played point by Novak summed up the 2011 final. Still one of Djokovic's finest Slam performances despite an average serving day.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
Yes Djokovic actually had to play well in the first 9 months of 2011 to overcome strong competition in peak Nadal and still prime-ish Federer who played spoiler for the duet. Unlike now with 3 of his 5 matches until the SF of a Slam being retirements or WO's.

This is a rare occurrence that has happened this tournament. Let's not act like he has had walkovers and retirements in most of the Slams he's played.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Yes Djokovic actually had to play well in the first 9 months of 2011 to overcome strong competition in peak Nadal and still prime-ish Federer who played spoiler for the duet. Unlike now with 3 of his 5 matches until the SF of a Slam being retirements or WO's.
In fairness t_p, it was never written in stone that you always have to play your very best tennis to win big tournaments. That's the abmk way of thinking. ;)
 

TheMaestro1990

Hall of Fame
I loved the final in 2011. Never seen such pshysical tennis. But tennis wise, I rank Federer's 2004 and Safin's 2000 very high.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
I loved the final in 2011. Never seen such pshysical tennis. But tennis wise, I rank Federer's 2004 and Safin's 2000 very high.
tennis wise the 2011 final was terrible for 2 sets, epic for 1, and one sided for another(Nadal gave up in the 4th, Djokovic said f it and started nailing lines). So quality wise it is very overrated. But entertaining stuff for sure.
 

DreddyTennis45

Hall of Fame
in 2011 Nadal reached more tier 1 finals than ever in his life and without Nole 2011 would have been his best season ever. Absent Nole Nadal likely wins 5 Slams in a row from FO 2011 to FO 2012

I'm saying his level of play at USO 2011 was not his peak. Overall it was a prime/peak year
 

BGod

G.O.A.T.
In terms of one player's performance or the match quality?

2009 USO with Potro coming back to knock Federer is one of the best matches I've seen at USO.

2004 USO with Federer destroying the #4 seed and recent Champion 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 is probably the greatest individual performance that I've seen.

However I'm someone who only started watching USO in the late 90s.

If you look back historically, the USO final has rarely seen tight 5th sets, when matches have gone that lone, take a look from 80 onwards:

1980: McEnroe wins 6-4
1988: Wilander wins 6-4
1999: Agassi wins 6-2
2009: Del Potro wins 6-2
2012: Murray wins 6-2


So in 35 years of play, we've only had five, 5 set matches and only two were decided by 2 games or less. No 7-5 or 7-6 finales.

By this measure you could argue Boris Becker's 1989 as one of the best with the scoreline 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. But Potro tying the match with 2 tiebreak wins will always stand out to me.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
2004 USO: best ever performance against a top 5 player and former USO champion.

2011 USO would have been even better had Djokovic not lost the 3rd set.
 

CYGS

Legend
in 2011 Nadal reached more tier 1 finals than ever in his life and without Nole 2011 would have been his best season ever. Absent Nole Nadal likely wins 5 Slams in a row from FO 2011 to FO 2012
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